Sunday, January 11, 2015

CHA 2015 - continued

Bella Blvd's booth was as beautiful as ever, plus they had a generous make-n-take that showcased their new Invisibles. The Invisibles have a thin plastic placemat weight. You could cut them with a trimmer, but you wouldn't be able to die cut them. They all have a decorative edge and I asked Stephanie why the deco edge instead of a straight edge. She said she designed them to be as versatile as possible; with their weight and decorative edge, they could be used standalone or on top of 12x12 paper. The Clear Cuts come in the fun dot pattern, plus there are a couple in every collection.

I liked the ColorWays embellishments. I think they are versatile enough for traditional and pocket scrapbooking, plus some fun cardmaking.
 More stamping and die goodness...

Darling make-and-take from Echo Park. See, I told you everyone was making their own dies.

Some new super strong adhesive. You can never have too much adhesive. :)

 I loved these metal boards and magnets by Roeda. Love, love, love!

It wasn't all scrapbook and paper crafts. There was yummy felt and yarn (now that I'm branching into knitting, I have a new addiction), plus lots of crystals and beads.

Hope you enjoyed the show too!

CHA 2015

I walked the Craft and Hobby show floor yesterday to see the latest and greatest in crafting. I saw lots of goodies from my favorite companies. A lot of scrapbook companies are branching out into home decor or other crafts.

I didn't see too much shabby chic, grunge, or vintage. Lots of travel. Metallics are in, especially DIY with Heidi Swapp's Minc and Therm-o-web's iCraft Deco Foil. I loved Therm-o-web's product. They had make-n-takes showing foil on fabric, using their foam adhesive, and on paper with liquid adhesive and heat transfer. The heat transfer reminds me of the foil sheets I had years ago that I ran through a laser printer. I have just one sample, which was created with their liquid adhesive...just rub the transfer foil on, so easy!

Robin's Nest

Simple Stories

There aren't any (or very few) pics from the biggies like American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers because I didn't spend a lot of time at companies my LSS, Perfect Day Scrapbooking, won't be carrying.

More to come...

CHA - The stars were out

Stephanie Bernard and Kelly Alverez

Ranger had multiple demo stations with all their stars (I spotted Dina Wakley, Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, ). Of course, Tim's station was the most crowded. If you have time to watch the demos, you can learn a lot. You don't attend CHA just for star gazing, lol. All of the designers generously share their tips and tricks, explain why the product works a certain way, answer questions. Of course, all of this helps to sell the products, but I think the designers genuinely love their products and want to share their knowledge.

I also saw Heidi Swapp and Amy Tan, but didn't get a chance to snap any pics. And lots of press (whose names I recognized, but couldn't put a face to) and designers (whose faces I recognized, but couldn't put a name to).


No, I don't have an expresso machine at home. But a little leftover whipped cream sure made my morning coffee feel fancy.

Friday, January 09, 2015

My CHA predictions

Based on the sneaks I see at The Scrap Review and Scrapbook Update, I predict seafoam and peachy pink to be dominant colors, along with lots of metallic gold highlights. Everyone will be releasing stamps and dies under their own name (let's hope they are all good quality). And pocket scrapbooking will bring some strong competition to traditional scrapbooking. Let's see how correct am I when I walk the floor tomorrow.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The last of the summer harvest

I didn't post too much about my gardening exploits last year, but did have a few successes.

The electric fence around the tomato plants finally stopped the mice/rats/rodents and I was able to harvest tomatoes the last half of the summer. Now Mr. Fix-it is looking into adding the fence to another bed since you're supposed to rotate crops (although my mom never does).

We harvested our first avocado. It was beautiful! Unfortunately, it never ripened. As we are new to avocado growing, I don't know if we picked it too soon or if it was just a bum avocado. The tree had lots of new growth, so we're optimistic for next year.
I started a new raised bed with all new soil and wow, was that bed prolific. I enjoyed cucumbers all summer and through late fall. I didn't have as much luck with my Chinese long beans. It seems that the rodents moved from the tomatoes to the string beans. And I had a helpful trellis so they could climb up for the tastiest beans. Still, I was able to harvest enough to enjoy and share.
I usually have zero luck with squash plants. Everyone in the world can grow zucchini except me. The last time I had success with squash was around eight years ago. How do I know that? I was giving squash to my coworker so she could make baby food for her daughter. That was the last time I had enough to share. This year, I planted three seeds and two took root. They went through several rounds of production and I had enough to share again. I finally took out the plants yesterday since the plants looked like they were on their last legs. Even so, I still harvested these:
I told Mr. Fix-it that we were going to enjoy some fancy baby squash for dinner. I roasted them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Delish!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year in review

  • Out of town visitors. I miss my far away relatives. It actually got me to do a little housecleaning, lol
  • Teaching card classes at the local scrapbook store, which has inspired me to hold "Crafty Lunch hour" at the office. It is good way to unwind for a bit and also use up some of my stash.
  • Lots of museum visits. I am fortunate to have so many great museums close by.
  • A new hobby: knitting. Hopefully, I won't overbuy supplies like I'm doing with my scrapbooking stash.
  • Figuring out that I should be able to retire comfortably if I keep doing what I'm doing. Yay!
  • Finished the last month of the year with at (slightly) lower weight and a renewed interest in exercising.
  • Awesome coworkers who were very supportive during the month from hell (see below)
The lows:
  • Too many losses (a dear friend's mother, an uncle, and an aunt). Very stressful for the family
  • The close of Two Peas in a Bucket, one of the most popular scrapbooking sites. Obviously, not popular enough since they had to close. For me, it is an unfortunate statement on the the state of scrapbooking. Thankfully, some peas organized a new message board so I still have a place to hang out.
  • November, the month from hell. I'm just now feeling like life is getting back to normal.
  • Huge bills from November and unexpected bills this month. Good thing I'm a saver.
  • Didn't hit my 2014 goals, oh well.
 Hope you all have a wonderful 2015!

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's just a number card

Here's a peek at one of the cards for my upcoming class at Perfect Day Scrapbooking. I worked on a couple of samples, but I'm going with the lower right card for the class. I like the darker base and the direction of the layering.  What do you think?

I dug into my precious Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd stash for these cards. That means I even cut into whole sheets for my small squares (it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be, lol). I wanted these to be birthday cards, but I couldn't find the right stamp until I dug out my Birthday Jubilee set.
DCWV card base, Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd patterned paper, American Crafts twine, Colorbok ink, Unity stamp

The class is Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm. Just call the store at (714) 369-2862 to sign up. Hope to see you there!

Please bring the usual class kit (adhesive (tape runner, pop dots/dimensional foam), scissors, pen/paper if you want to take notes). And for this class, the following would be helpful: a corner rounder, 1 1/4" square punch or small trimmer, and light brown ink for shading. If you don't have the tools, you can use mine. Of course, class will go a little faster if you have your own.

I'm submitting this card to Unity Stamp's Friends with Flair. The stamp is from the July 2013 Sentiment Kit-Birthday Jubilee.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The big cleanup

Back in June, I started another decluttering challenge. I made some good progress, but then got sidetracked. Excuses, excuses, I hear you saying. But I have a doozy of an excuse. For the past two months, I've been helping a relative clean out her garage. Ever watched "Hoarders?" This could have been an episode. (Actually, I've never seen the show since we don't have cable, but I've heard enough to think that the garage qualifies.)

The first goal was to clean a path to the back so that we could remove a moldy rug. As the weeks (yes, weeks), went on, the goal was expanded to include throwing out enough stuff so that she could park her new car in the garage. So for weeks now, sometimes a few weekends in a row, sometimes skipping a week or two, we (Mr. Fxt-it and I) would show up at her house with our gloves, masks, rakes, scrapper, and heavy duty garbage bags. Yep, it was bad.

It was (and is) traumatic for all of us. She couldn't bear to throw anything away. I had to sneak stuff into garbage bags and tie them shut to discourage her from looking inside. Every weekend, we'd fill three garbage cans, the big ones (95 gallons) that you roll out to the curb for the trucks to pick up. We'd fill her recycle can and garbage can, and then fill the back of our car with more garbage bags to bring home enough to fill our garbage can. Lather, rinse, repeat. We had to stop the latter after a while because the car stank so bad in the short drive home, it was unbearable (a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea).

Every visit, it seemed like two steps forward, one step back. I'd think that we had cleared out a spot, only to find it filled the next visit. Perhaps there was a little landslide, perhaps she did more shopping, perhaps my memory was based in hope rather than reality.

Finally, Mr. Fix-it was able to cut most of the rug out (there is still a bit underneath a four-foot tall pile that we haven't been able to remove) and the car is inside. I'm not sure if and when we'll be back. I'd like to continue to help, as exhausting as it is. I'm pretty sure any open spots in the garage are slowly being filled with stuff. :(

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thinking of you card

I recently attended a crop at with some of my Nor Cal scrappin' buddies. I brought my new fern die with me that I got just a couple weeks ago and ended up using it with my July card kit.
Supplies: WRMK patterned paper, Bazzill and Coordinations cardstock, Colorbok ink, Unity stamp, Snug Hug seam binding, misc. twine, Memory box die.

I thought I would send this card as a fall hello, but unfortunately had to make quick use of the card this week. My coworker's brother suddenly passed away so I used this card to express my sympathy.

I'm submitting this card in Unity Stamps Friends with Flair . Check out all the awesome cards there.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to "see" you again soon.